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  • Willpower

  • Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
  • By: Roy Baumeister, John Tierney
  • Narrated by: Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success. Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Self-help without the hooey

  • By Arken on 09-12-11

Discover your greatest strength

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Would you listen to Willpower again? Why?

yes, and I have listened to it almost 5 times. There is quite a bit to learn and remember. It is always inspiring to relisten and get back on track to exert willpower over my sweet tooth

Any additional comments?

This is inspiring to those of us who are "controlling" because it explains scientifically how to develop habits that we want to have...would make a challenging book talk. This content is worth listening to again and again and again!

  • Exodus

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 28 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon - the towering novel of the 20th century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies - the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus - one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of ALL Time

  • By Meaghan Bynum on 08-22-12

I'm hooked!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

Where does Exodus rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top with Pillars of the Earth

What did you like best about this story?

Everything...the content, the narrator, the historical details!

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

His pacing and inflections. Some of the details are hard to hear but his voice and narration are soothing and absorbing. This is a very complicated story and the narration makes it easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

So glad I took a chance on this classic. My favorite right now!

  • The Alchemy of Air

  • A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler
  • By: Thomas Hager
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866

At the dawn of the 20th century, humanity was facing global disaster. Mass starvation, long predicted for the fast-growing population, was about to become a reality. A call went out to the worlds scientists to find a solution. This is the story of the two enormously gifted, fatally flawed men who found it: the brilliant, self-important Fritz Haber and the reclusive, alcoholic Carl Bosch. Together they discovered a way to make bread out of air, built city-sized factories, controlled world markets, and saved millions of lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By sarah on 07-31-11

The untold history of chemical weapons

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-17

Where does The Alchemy of Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top listens!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Alchemy of Air?

the British tested chemical weapons and killed more of their own men than the "enemy."

Which scene was your favorite?

The relationship between Fritz Haber and Einstein and how they respond to German antisemitism. Haber totally renounced his Jewish religion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It makes me cry to know of man's inhumanity to man and how justified we all become about literally killing the other side. As we all know, WWI was a horror and not the Great War but the beginning of using "technology" to destroy the enemy. Most soldiers had NO idea what they were dying for, and really neither did the leaders.

Any additional comments?

Maybe if we studied more real history we wouldn't be so doomed to repeat it. We study war with events that instill nationality and prowar sentiment. In schools, history is military history and only the "battles" the US won.

  • Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

  • How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
  • By: Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Narrated by: Adam Boyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,820

You are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accompanying PDF linked in the book description

  • By Adam Countryman on 03-26-17

BEST self improvement info EVER!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-17

What made the experience of listening to Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself the most enjoyable?

The science explanations of how the body works.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself?

The author suggests saying out loud change when I start to go down a neuropath I want to extinguish. I often shout change during the day which makes everyone smile but they know why.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have listened to it 3 times already and look forward to listening again and again.

Any additional comments?

I am a school teacher and listening is a learned skill, just like reading. It requires lots of practice. This book is for the advanced listener because it is so technical, and yet funny and down to earth. Sometimes I thought "Does this guy know me?" because I could relate to his stories. I LOVE this book almost as much as 10% Happier

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  • White Trash

  • The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
  • By: Nancy Isenberg
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,570
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,280

In White Trash, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America's supposedly class-free society. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early 19th century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ's Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 400 Year Head Start Squandered

  • By Virgil on 10-11-16

White Trash Caste System

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because this is history that all Americans need to know

What did you like best about this story?

the narration, word choice and connections to other events.

What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It was as if I were attending an incredibly interesting seminar or college class.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I think this should be required listening in every history class with class discussions about the role of economics, class systems and war. It did cause me to feel strong emotions and to talk about the content.

Any additional comments?

As a former history teacher I found this account of "white trash" to be TOTALLY absent from the content presented in middle and high schools. The facts are "politically incorrect" and disturbingly true. Let's study our unbiased history so we don't repeat some events. Pair White Trash and To Kill a Mockingbird as required reading and discuss the fact vs. fiction and the power and ignorance of stereotypes.

  • Into Africa

  • The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone
  • By: Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Gene on 04-01-04

STUNNING!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into Africa?

There are too many "most" moments and I don't want to give anything away. If Africa and its history is interesting, this true story will hook you to listen to all 18 chapters.

Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

John Lee is my favorite. I was delighted to discover he was the narrator.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, although I rarely sit when I listen. I usually do chores and housework while I listen

Any additional comments?

This book would make an incredible movie...The true story of Stanley and Livingston. There was a point where the realities of the customs was difficult to know. I listened to it 3 times...house is REALLY clean :)

  • Overdiagnosed

  • Making People Sick in Pursuit of Health
  • By: Dr. H. Gilbert Welch, Dr. Lisa M. Schwartz, Dr. Steven Woloshin
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Going against the conventional wisdom reinforced by the medical establishment and Big Pharma that more screening is the best preventative medicine, Dr. Gilbert Welch builds a compelling counterargument that what we need are fewer, not more, diagnoses. Documenting the excesses of American medical practice that labels far too many of us as sick, Welch examines the social, ethical, and economic ramifications of a health-care system that unnecessarily diagnoses and treats patients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read for All!

  • By J. D. Portnoy on 12-07-12

The Medical Empire hates these facts!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

To all my friends, and I am going to give this book as a gift to about 10 people I care very much about hoping they will read it.

What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The facts and statistics could be overwhelming but the narrator's inflection and cadence
( pacing) make it so engaging. My favorite phrase is ...beginning a cascade of medical interventions! cascade is perfect for the concepts we don't want to hear but are true. Everyone wants hope but this hope is an illusion to maintain a lucrative industry. If you choose to listen you will wonder if the authors know your health story because we have a one size fits all approach to health and it is very expensive. Oh, but don't worry as the billing secretary says, insurance covers it. Yes but I would like to know what you charges are and what for. Try it. You will not get the details, or like me they will suggest you get another dr.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the high blood pressure "game" and the mammogram "game."

Any additional comments?

someone I respect once told me people treat you the way you let them...True for doctors only they are much more intimidating. also follow the dollar if you want the truth. and thank you audible for all these books.

  • The Queen's Fool

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 20 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429

It is winter, 1553. Pursued by the Inquisition, Hannah Green, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, is forced to flee Spain with her father. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee. Her gift of "Sight," the ability to foresee the future, is priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward's protector, who brings her to court as a "holy fool" for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Narration With a Great Story

  • By Theodore on 05-09-12

too much of a swashbuckler!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-16

Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Bianca Amato?

I did and found some to be more historical and others to be soft porn. Discouraging that there seems to always have to be some long detailed explanation of various intimacies

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

never finished because the detailed sexual encounters is not my idea of interesting.

Any additional comments?

narrator is exceptional!

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  • Yellow Crocus

  • By: Laila Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,792

Moments after Lisbeth is born, she’s taken from her mother and handed over to an enslaved wet nurse, Mattie, a young mother separated from her own infant son in order to care for her tiny charge. Thus begins an intense relationship that will shape both of their lives for decades to come. Though Lisbeth leads a life of privilege, she finds nothing but loneliness in the company of her overwhelmed mother and her distant, slave-owning father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful southern historical fiction

  • By MissSusie66 on 02-27-15

Best Listen of the Year!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-16

What did you love best about Yellow Crocus?

The blend of narration and story.

What other book might you compare Yellow Crocus to and why?

Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ruby Bridges

What about Bahni Turpin’s performance did you like?

The pacing, accents and inflections are the best I've ever heard :) I became totally engaged in the story, almost like I was with the characters.

If you could rename Yellow Crocus, what would you call it?

I think Yellow Crocus is perfect.

Any additional comments?

As a retired English/History teacher I would make this a required listen for the whole county. I think the main characters are role models for women. Through the women's experiences, I glimpsed the misery and conditions of mid 1800's slavery (without having to endure gross and gory "details") I cried and cheered throughout. Worth reading for the ending :)Give yourself and/or someone you know the gift of an exceptional listen!

  • Sold

  • By: Patricia McCormick
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family's crops, Lakshmi's stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Haunting....

  • By Theodore on 01-13-13

A Gift

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-15-16

What did you love best about Sold?

Listening to the story. I became "transported" into the mind of this young girl and glimpsed the horrors of a dark societal business. This book is a big idea presented in a powerful and simple way. The narrator's accent made it seem as if the girl was talking to me, telling me her story. Without what I call " soap " drama I felt very emotional ...sympathetic and empathetic. I found myself listening to the whole story in about two days!

What other book might you compare Sold to and why?

Important and difficult topics presented in simple powerful ways

Number the Stars, Fever, My Name is Not Angelica

Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

There is only one voice...first person

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I don't think it would be a good film, I think it is a superb listen.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this to several friends. I would like to read other opinions.